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Old 05-19-2009, 09:35 PM
 
Location: The Village
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Also Dallas W.T. White High just south of LBJ near there is ranked #131 in the nation by Newsweek (out of 22,000 high schools).
All that means is that their graduating seniors TAKE a lot of AP tests. White's pass rate is not quite so great, and if you aren't in AP courses the school is very so-so. The campus is also quite run down and there has been an increase in gang activity recently as well--quite shocking because the neighborhood it's in (mine) is the definition of middle class. Hillcrest and Woodrow are better DISD comprehensive high schools in my opinion, though neither is what it used to be (I am waiting to see what happens with Woodrow/Long's IB program because I attended DISD schools for K-8 and would love to be able to send my daughters to a good public school once I have kids).

North Dallas and Preston Hollow would be great for you, but almost all homeowners send their kids to private schools. There are a LOT of excellent private schools in the neighborhood or near at various levels of affordability. Just some that come to mind are St Rita, Providence Christian, and Lamplighter for grade schools, Jesuit, Cistercian and Ursuline high schools, and St Marks, Hockaday, Greenhill, and ESD for all ages.
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Old 05-19-2009, 10:37 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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All that means is that their graduating seniors TAKE a lot of AP tests. White's pass rate is not quite so great, and if you aren't in AP courses the school is very so-so.
It's even better than that. The formula counts AP tests taken by ANYONE at the school, including juniors. That is then divided by the number of graduating seniors. Well, in DISD, dropout rates are through the roof, (some schools have HALF as many 12th graders as 9th graders - how does that happen??) so the denominator of that equation is really low, making the ranking higher than it deserves to be. They are, in effect, rewarded for getting rid of their weaker students.

This silly ranking system is the only thing Lakewooder has to hang onto that says his beloved DISD isn't a complete cesspool of an educational system, so we get to hear it over and over. (And over, and over, and over...)

Back on the subject...

From Tollway and 635, you can be in Richardson ISD territory in under 2 miles, and in Plano ISD territory in just over 4 miles. There's no need to go the private school route, unless that's your preference.
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Old 05-20-2009, 09:37 AM
 
Location: The Big D
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I can be from Frisco to 635 in 12 minutes during my morning and afternoon commute.
I'd like to know how fast your going though? Guarantee your not going the speed limit down the tollway. Let's be realistic, it REALLY can not be done that fast by going the speed limit. I can say that I've made the trip from 190 close to 78 in Garland to the Dallas Zoo in a hair over 20 minutes. I have but I was FLYING!!!! And I mean I was hauling a$$. That is NOT a typical drive nor is it something that everyone can do nor should do. I sure as heck would not say that is how "easy" of a drive it is. That was a rare circumstance and not something that can be counted on or relied upon.
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Old 05-20-2009, 02:32 PM
 
Location: The Village
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I'd like to know how fast your going though? Guarantee your not going the speed limit down the tollway. Let's be realistic, it REALLY can not be done that fast by going the speed limit. I can say that I've made the trip from 190 close to 78 in Garland to the Dallas Zoo in a hair over 20 minutes. I have but I was FLYING!!!! And I mean I was hauling a$$. That is NOT a typical drive nor is it something that everyone can do nor should do. I sure as heck would not say that is how "easy" of a drive it is. That was a rare circumstance and not something that can be counted on or relied upon.
Anyone who actually drives 55 on the Tollway needs to be pulled over as a threat to the safety of everyone else on the road.
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Old 05-20-2009, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
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Anyone who actually drives 55 on the Tollway needs to be pulled over as a threat to the safety of everyone else on the road.
The speed limit from 121 to 380 is 65. It runs pretty smoothly.

Anyone on this board familiar with the M3 or the autobahn? Most and I really mean that about 99% of the people don't push on the breaks unless they are exiting or parking.

Naima

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Old 05-20-2009, 03:37 PM
 
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Anyone who actually drives 55 on the Tollway needs to be pulled over as a threat to the safety of everyone else on the road.
I definitely agree with this! During the day, most people are going 75-80+ mph it seems like.
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Old 05-20-2009, 03:47 PM
 
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I'd like to know how fast your going though? Guarantee your not going the speed limit down the tollway. Let's be realistic, it REALLY can not be done that fast by going the speed limit. I can say that I've made the trip from 190 close to 78 in Garland to the Dallas Zoo in a hair over 20 minutes. I have but I was FLYING!!!! And I mean I was hauling a$$. That is NOT a typical drive nor is it something that everyone can do nor should do. I sure as heck would not say that is how "easy" of a drive it is. That was a rare circumstance and not something that can be counted on or relied upon.
Most mornings on the news when they do the traffic reports at 7 a.m., the drive from the DNT at 121 to DNT at Northwest Hwy is taking 8 minutes. Sometimes they will do this one or they will do DNT at 121 to Downtown Dallas, and it usually says 30 minutes....and that is at 7 a.m.. At 7:15 when they do the traffic report, those times are usually the same. Then after that, I am out the door and headed to the office.

I wouldn't say that I drive any faster than any other Dallas North Tollway driver. Most of them drive pretty fast, so i just do the same. I am never at a speed where it would be considered flying or "hauling a$$".
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Old 05-20-2009, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Most mornings on the news when they do the traffic reports at 7 a.m., the drive from the DNT at 121 to DNT at Northwest Hwy is taking 8 minutes. Sometimes they will do this one or they will do DNT at 121 to Downtown Dallas, and it usually says 30 minutes....and that is at 7 a.m.. At 7:15 when they do the traffic report, those times are usually the same. Then after that, I am out the door and headed to the office.

I wouldn't say that I drive any faster than any other Dallas North Tollway driver. Most of them drive pretty fast, so i just do the same. I am never at a speed where it would be considered flying or "hauling a$$".
8 mins to get from 121 and DNT to northwest highway and DNT? What station is reporting that BS? It has to be over 15 miles between the 2.
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Old 05-20-2009, 04:34 PM
 
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8 mins to get from 121 and DNT to northwest highway and DNT? What station is reporting that BS? It has to be over 15 miles between the 2.
NBC 5 News. Tammy Dombeck is the traffic reporter and she definitely knows about all the roads, traffic, etc.. She has had a ton of experience and also grew up in the DFW area.
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Old 05-20-2009, 05:56 PM
 
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You can get traffic times on AM 1080 radio, too, every hour on the '8's. I have never heard 8 minutes for that trip, but I don't leave the house until 8:15 or later.
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